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Creating " MyNet on a Floppy ! " ( from within " MyNet - ANYWHERE ! " )
- using a backup utility - 



 
Download an evaluation copy of :   "MyNet - Anywhere!" (mynet.zip) (contains "MyNet - on a Floppy!")
 

You also need:    folder_path.zip  and:    tbsc_dll.zip

Un-zip the file:  folder_path.zip  and  run:   folder.bat - this creates the necessary folder structure under c:\tbsc.

Un-zip the file:  tbsc_dll.zip  and extract all files into:  c:\tbsc

Un-zip the file:  mynet.zip  (but keep the "folder" names when unzipping), lookup up "mnfloppy.exe" in:  c:\tbsc\mnfloppy, start it and click on the TREE icon to explore the application data which was created with "MyNet - Anywhere!".
 



 
The creation of "MyNet - on a Floppy!" from within "MyNet - Anywhere!"  ...
 
The file: mnfloppy.exe can usually be found in:   c:\tbsc\mnfloppy  after installing an evaluation copy of "MyNet - Anywhere!".

Every time you want to share your URLs, specific information, comments, notes plus a range of downloaded web pages with others .... select in the FILE Menu of  "MyNet - Anywhere!"

Create Viewer Disk ("MyNet on a Floppy")

this calls a four step process (accessible from within one window)
 
( Step 1 )

Backing up the relevant data files with the following internal procedure (done automatically when clicking on the button)

copy(browsers,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(email,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(emcateg,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(keyterms,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(mailapp,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(netaddr,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(netfiles,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet'
copy(notes,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(webpages,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(webtypes,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(viewers,'c:\bu_tbsc\data\mynet')
copy(browsers,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(email,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(emcateg,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(keyterms,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(mailapp,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(netaddr,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(netfiles,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(notes,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(webpages,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(webtypes,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')
copy(viewers,'c:\tbsc\mynet\backup\')

( Step 2 )

Copy all necessary files from  c:\tbsc  to:  c:\tbsc\mnfloppy

copy(browsers,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(email,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(emcateg,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(keyterms,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(mailapp,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(netaddr,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(netfiles,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(notes,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(webpages,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(webtypes,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
copy(viewers,'c:\tbsc\mnfloppy\')
 
( Step 3 )

Load "MyNet - on a Floppy !" in: c:\tbsc\mnfloppy

[you can create a shortcut to "mnfloppy.exe" on your desktop if you want or access the file with your File Management tool]

You can now delete web sites / pages, individual files and categories which you don't want to distribute.

 
( Step  4 )

Call TASKZIP (external backup) and then create a backup job which will be stored in: c:\tbsc\backup

Usually you have to create the backup job only once and can then re-use it again.

For the last step ( 4 ) we recommend to use the FREE application TASKZIP from:

 www.pb-sys.com

to create the necessary backup job(s).

You can download the application TASKZIP from their web site.

There are certainly other FREEWARE programs on the Internet fulfilling similar functions and/or working in a similar way - we will add some alternatives to our own FREEWARE page or search the Internets shareware and freeware sites.



 
Please install the program as suggested by the installation routine (after downloading and unzipping).

The file name is:    taskzip.exe

We recommend to un-zip the file:  taskzip.exe  into a temporary folder:

c:\temp       or similar

Then double-click on:  taskzip.exe  and choose the installation directory as suggested:

After the software is installed (most likely in:  c:\Program Files\Taskzip )

Copy the file:    taskzip.exe   to the clipboard, paste it back into the same folder and rename the copied file to:    backup01.exe.

If you have updated your "autoexec.bat" file accordingly (see also our file: "path.txt") the TASKZIP application can now be called from within our applications (as: backup01.exe).

In this case you will probably have to add to the path statement

c:\Progra~1\taskzip;
 
to your:  "autoexec.bat"  file (if not already in file: path.txt).

[ Now - one question might arise for all those people who have not worked with DOS (you may not even have an "autoexec.bat" file). What is the "autoexec.bat" file ?  It is a simple text file which you can create with NOTEPAD and save it with the .bat extension (stands for batch file). When you start your computer one of the first things processed and executed are the statements in this file.

At:   www.knowwareglobal.com   there is a free booklet dealing with these matters and also explaining what an "autoexec.bat" file is. The name of the booklet is:  "Getting the most out of your PC"  - just download it to learn more about the "autoexec.bat" file. A search on the Internet for "autoexec.bat" will also bring you a great selection of resources. ]
 



 
There are several backup jobs you can create with TASKZIP. We have found that this is the easiest way to create the file set for:  "MyNet on a Floppy".

MyNetFloppy         could be a name for it (but you can chose any name you like)

containing the following files  (if you want to provide ALL your web site information)

mnfloppy.exe         (the actual executable file: "MyNet on a Floppy !" )

tbsc_dll.zip            (needed to run mnfloppy.exe)
folder_path.zip
 
browsers.tps         (web browsers)
keyterms.tps         (key terms)
netaddr.tps           (home pages - main web sites )
netfiles.tps            (downloaded single files like graphics, documents etc.)
notes.tps              (individual notes about a web site / web page)
webpages.tps       (web pages)
webtypes.tps        (web site categories)
viewers.tps           (file viewer applications)

[ minimum files required to run "MyNet - on a Floppy !" ]

You can also add the following file specification (use the "Add" button) if you want to provide ALL your downloaded web sites / web pages (which you usually store in the \html sub folder):

c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\*.*

Don't forget to tick:  "Include sub directories for all wildcard references?"
                                (at the bottom)

for all web sites you have downloaded from the Internet incl. all their contents.

The file:   folder.bat   has created originally the following structure:

c:\tbsc
c:\tbsc\mynet
c:\tbsc\mynet\download
c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html             (for your downloaded web pages)
 



 
All your downloaded web pages are stored in the sub folders of::

c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\*.*

If you only want to provide a selection of the downloaded web pages then you can create the following additions to the backup job (after having added the "minimum" files as listed above):

Examples for additions to the backup job:

c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\webpage3\*.*
c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\webpage5\*.*
 
We recommend to create a simple report with the internal report writer to list all web pages you want to distribute !


Back to the original folder structure created with the file:   folder.bat

Below the level "html" in   c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\  you will find pre-defined folders named "\webpage1", "\webpage2" etc. Each of these folder entries named: "webpage1, webpage2 etc." can be renamed with your file management tool (for example with Windows Explorer) depending on the web site you want to download. New folders can be added at any time.

You do this first before you download a full page with all the details !

Then - when you choose to download a FULL page with your brower you select as storage location the specific folder you have defined below the level of:   c:\tbsc\mynet\download\html\   in sub-folders.

Finally you will have some order knowing where all your downloaded pages are - and:

with "MyNet on a Floppy" you can provide not only the files (with your individual information for the recipient) but also all your downloaded pages for offline browsing. When running "MyNet on a Floppy !" the recipient can go "online" any time and continue surfing the web sites you provided. Together with your specific NOTES this is a new approach compared to what we are used to for years.

Also:  It is easy to understand and to follow up !


Your zipped file file: "MyNetFloppy" may be too big to fit on one floppy disk - in this case please use the disksplitting utility from the Tools Menu (splitter.exe - disksp01.exe) and create a set of floppy disks if you want to provide the file on floppies. It can be easily re-assembled by the recipient.

See also our installation guide for further tools.

Or - and this is the biggest advantage:

Create a simple web site and load your zipped file up (maybe protected with a password) ! This way anyone can download and work with it immediately (of course only those who know the pass word).

Download the following FREE tool :    secret.zip



 

For the recipient:

We recommend that the recipient copies the contents of the backup job "MyNetFloppy" to his harddisk and then install it to the root directory c:\ from the harddisk keeping the original folder names (tick the option in your ZIP tool). The recipient will then be able to run "MyNet on a Floppy" (mnfloppy.exe) from the folder: c:\tbsc\mnfloppy  and  all downloaded pages will be restored to the correct folders.
 
Special Circumstances:

If the recipient has already installed an application from us then it is normally not a problem to install "MyNet - on a Floppy" on the same machine - because the files transferred have usually a different content, different folder names for downloaded files etc.

Important !

However if the recipient is also using "MyNet - Anywhere!" and creates "MyNet - on a Floppy" himself from time to time we recommend the following:
 
(1) using another machine (if available) to install "MyNet - on a Floppy!"

(2) if this is not possible then we recommend to rename the "normal" folder "c:\tbsc" temporarily to c:\temptbsc or similar.

Otherwise data could be overwritten !


Back to the BACKUP job itself::

Target directory  selection for the backup job :

We suggest:   c:\tbsc\backup\

Backup type:

We normally use FULL backup !

and:  ZIP compression !

Then click on "Finish" - you are done.
 



 
The benefits are huge and the number of possibilities for this practical approach are endless  ...

...  teachers can prepare complete projects for their students with individual notes etc. from their repertoire

...  for any presentation requiring Internet content a specifically tailored job can be prepared (and further processed) by the recipient

...  to name just a few !

We are interested to hear about your experience. Please e-mail us - thank you.
 



 
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